Thursday, February 7, 2013

Silk Chocolate Cream Pie

I guess growing up in a military household and then marrying a soldier I have learned to adapt, overcome, adapt and improvise!  While dad was in the Navy I learned to adapt to changes in duty stations (thankfully there weren't that many of them), overcome prejudice against military students (once had a teacher tell my parents military children weren't worth teaching because they wouldn't be in the school long enough to learn anything), and improvising has really shown up later in life.

I guess you could say the improvising I had to learn was when I had to change my diet so that it wouldn't make me sick.  I'm not the type of person that will just sit there and say good bye to all of the foods that I love but can no longer eat.  I will admit at first it was scary and as anyone who has to change their diet I took baby steps.  I researched what was safe for me and then experimented to see what I liked.  I now take great pleasure in taking recipes that have dairy in them and finding ways to make them dairy-free and delicious.

One of the areas that I find to be the most challenging has been desserts.  The first cake recipes that I experimented with came out all dry and crumbly.  They were flavorless and no one in my family would eat them and I bet if I tried to feed them to the dogs they would have refused.  Well maybe not Bandit who will eat everything and for some reason has a special love for trying to eat dirt and socks.

Since June I have adapted a cake recipe that was well received and much loved, cookies, little apple pies and now I can shout it from the mountain tops I MAKE A KILLER CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE!!!!!  I'm sorry I didn't mean to get over excited and shout but it's hard not to get excited when you get family members that don't like change or "health food" to try and enjoy something different.  I know it's wrong but I withheld the ingredients of the pie from all of my testers except for my sister because she eats soy products on a regular basis so she would have figured it out anyway.  My picky youngest brother after trying the pie came to me and was bragging how it was the best chocolate cream pie he had ever had!

Well I figured since he liked it it was probably a good time to inform him of what was in it.  When I asked him if he would like to know what was in the pie he looked at me and said "Please don't tell me it's tofu.  Anything but tofu."  I wasn't about to lie to him so I admitted that it was tofu and he said it was still good and that he couldn't believe that it was tofu.

I'm with him, I never thought in a million years that I would ever be cooking with tofu!  I have to say the great thing that I learned about tofu is that it has no taste to it so it will take on the taste of whatever you put it with.  I've used it to make homemade dairy-free ricotta and now as a pie filling and I love it!  If you want the best richest tasting pie do yourself a favor and make a day or two in advance because the more time it has to set the richer the flavor is!

Enjoy and let me know what you think.  Do you eat tofu and if so how do you like it prepared?  I'd love to try your favorites.

1 package Nasoya firm tofu, pressed
1 bag Chocolate Dream chocolate chips
1 graham cracker crust
1 (14 oz) container Soyatoo Topping Cream (heavy cream substitute)

1.  Press tofu by putting it in a dish with a layer of paper towels under and on top of it and then place a heavy dish on top of it.  Let sit for 20-30 minutes.

Chili fixings in the background

Kidney beans are useful for other than going into chili.  Make great weights! 
2.  In a double boiler, or you can make one by putting a Pyrex bowl over a saucepan with 1" of water, melt chocolate chips by stirring constantly until melted.  If you don't constantly stir it it will easily burn!

Yummy melted chocolate!
3. Cut tofu into smaller pieces and add to food processor, wish I had a bigger food processor, and for about a minute or until smooth.

4.   Add melted chocolate and process for about 2-3 minutes or until chocolate is mixed through.

My Ninja is complaining that it can't fit anymore in it!

5.  Pour chocolate tofu mix into pie crust and refrigerate until set.  I let it sit for 2 days and letting it sit that long made it taste so much more rich!  

6.  For the whipped cream scoop the Soyatoo into a bowl and mix for 3 minutes with an electric mixer.  Once it resembles whipped cream pour and smooth onto pie.  Enjoy!

They didn't wait for me to get the final picture before digging in!!

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